Roland William Mueller, 93, Beth Steel chemist Roland...

January 08, 2001

Roland William Mueller, 93, Beth Steel chemist

Roland William Mueller, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. chemist, died Thursday at Avalon Manor Health Care Center in Hagerstown. He was 93 and had lived at Avalon Manor since 1998.

The former Highlandtown resident worked at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point shipyard during World War II, then transferred to the company's metallurgical lab, where he was a chemist. He retired in 1973 after 34 years.

He attended Patterson Park Baptist Church.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home chapel, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, the former Vera Naoma Bridgeman; a daughter, Jean Weidman-Langrall of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; a sister, Charlotte Thomas, of Baltimore County; and four grandchildren.

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Les Brown, 88, whose Band of Renown scored a No. 1 hit with "Sentimental Journey" during America's big band era of the 1930s and '40s, died of lung cancer Thursday in Los Angeles. A conductor-clarinetist whose smooth arrangements of swing melodies transcended changes in musical tastes, he was mentioned in 1996 by the Guinness Book of World Records for heading "the longest organized group in the history of popular music."

He started his professional career in 1936, and his Band of Renown was still performing about 60 dates a year as recently as five months ago, often conducted by son Les Brown Jr.

Barbara DeWitt, 58, a former rock-star promoter who later helped create provocative advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, died Dec. 31 in Golden Beach, Fla.

She had cancer for the past year and a half, said her brother, photographer Bruce Weber.

Dr. Sadek Kamil Hilal, 70, a Columbia University radiologist who helped advance the science of imaging technology, died of a stroke Dec. 24 at his home in Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

From 1979 until he took emeritus status four years ago, he directed Columbia's division of radiology and was a professor of radiology and neurological surgery at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. At his death he was president of the International Society of Neuroradiology, a position he held since 1998.

Lenora Slaughter Frapart, 94, who was credited with transforming the Miss America Pageant from a local sideshow to a major scholarship provider, died Dec. 4 in Atlantic City, N.J.

She was executive director of the pageant from 1941 to 1967, and made several lasting changes during her tenure: She prohibited businesses from sponsoring contestants, imposed a 1 a.m. curfew and ruled that only women between the ages of 18 and 28 who had not been married could compete. She lobbied for the pageant to provide college scholarships as prizes.

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